This March is National Save Your Vision Month, put on by the American Optometric Association to raise awareness for eye health. In recognition, we’ve gathered some of our most informative pieces regarding declining vision, peripheral vision loss, sudden blurred vision, and ocular hypertension.
Your declining vision could signal a serious health problem
When our vision starts to go, it’s easy to think that it is merely our eyes getting older. But did you know that our declining vision could be a result of a very serious health condition? In many cases, changes in the vision actually mean a cry for help from another part of the body, indicating a more serious problem. This is because every part of our body is connected and it is actually very rare that a problem exists in isolation, meaning it often stems from another problem elsewhere.
The eyes are connected to the central nervous system and everything else, so if you want insight into how your overall health is doing, you may need to see your eye doctor first. Continue reading…
Peripheral vision loss (tunnel vision): Causes, risks, and treatments
Peripheral vision is what is seen on the side by your eye when you are looking straight ahead, and peripheral vision loss—tunnel vision—can be very difficult to cope with.
Peripheral vision loss is the deterioration of your normal wide-angle field of vision. When someone loses peripheral vision in all directions, it is usually called tunnel vision. Tunnel vision can be attributed to damage to the optic nerve, to the retina, or to areas of the brain that process visual input.
If you research what peripheral vision loss is, you will likely discover a number of causes, but the most common information that will pop up will be about glaucoma peripheral vision loss. While this can be life altering, there are also situations where loss of peripheral vision is temporary. For example, there are some people who experience migraine headaches and report that they have temporary tunnel vision. Continue reading…
Sudden blurred vision: Causes and treatments
Sudden blurred vision can be a result of numerous health conditions. It can be temporary or chronic and can get worse over time. Sudden blurred vision is usually not accompanied by pain, but other symptoms such as a migraine may be present.
If you’re experiencing blurry vision, objects and people do not appear clearly and sharpness is lost. This condition can affect either one eye or both eyes, depending on the cause. Some people can have blurry vision from birth (in this case, it’s a birth defect) while others develop blurred vision over time. Continue reading…
Ocular hypertension may cause glaucoma and permanent vision loss if left untreated
Ocular hypertension means the pressure in your eyes (intraocular pressure) is higher than it should be – if left untreated it could cause glaucoma and vision loss. This is why having your eye pressure measured during regular eye exams is so important.
According to one ocular hypertension study, between 4.5 and 9.4 Americans aged 40 or older have ocular hypertension, which increases their risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma threatens sight. It is interesting to note that some people can have an abnormal eye pressure without experiencing vision loss, while others suffer significant vision damage.
Normal intraocular pressure is considered a measurement of less than 21 mm Hg, yet this upper limit can vary in different populations. Continue reading…
Home remedies to improve vision and eye health
Many changes occur as we age. Our skin isn’t as tight anymore, our hearing may fade, and our vision may deteriorate. But growing older doesn’t mean you have to give up on your good health. When it comes to your eyes, for one, there are several natural ways to improve eyesight – no matter how old you are.
Preserving your vision is important to you, there’s no doubt in that, so before you turn to costly drugs or surgery, you’ll definitely want to try these home remedies for good eyesight. Continue reading…